Performing Arts: Top Theatre Picks of the Week

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Arena Stage kicks off its Edward Albee Festival with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and At Home at the Zoo”.
By Jordan Wright

Felicia Curry in Mirandy and Brother Wind. Photo courtesy of Adventure Theatre.

“Mirandy and Brother Wind”

Adapted from the pages of the beloved book of the same name by Patricia McKissack, this world premiere African-American dance operetta stars the multi-talented actress and singer Felicia Curry as Mirandy, who sets out to win a “cakewalk” contest by capturing the wind. Dappled with spells and magic and supported by a catchy score, crack dancing and a solid cast, this imaginative production adds up to an indelibly charming and life-affirming show. Produced by Adventure Theatre, the Dance Institute of Washington and the African Continuum Theatre.

Through March 13th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center Washington DC as part of INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival.

The dynamic and diverse festival features 600 DC artists and 100 performances over 9 days performing music, theatre, dance and more. Weekends only: From February 25th through March 13th. For a full schedule and information on ticketed performances visit online or call the Atlas Box Office at 202 399-7993.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

With lyrics by Broadway legends Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber the duo is at its best with a wealth of memorable hits from this long-running family-friendly pop classic based on the biblical story of Joseph.

Through March 20th at Olney Theatre Center Olney, MD.

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and  “At Home at the Zoo”

Arena Stage kicks off its Edward Albee Festival with two vibrant, hard-hitting plays. In “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” our love-to-hate-em marital train wrecks George and Martha deride each other with sardonic repartee in their booze-fueled fiercely dysfunctional relationship.

In “At Home at the Zoo” master playwright Albee revisits his breakout play “The Zoo”, written 50 years ago about the lives of three New Yorkers who keep their daggers sharp with sexually charged and brutally honest conversation.

Through April 24th at Arena Stage Washington, DC.

“Juno and the Paycock”

A rollicking tragedy shot through with absurdist comedy and set in an Irish tenement. This satirical romp by playwright Sean O’Casey keeps the proverbs flying as the crazy characters rail against the social fabric of the day.

Through March 20th at Artisphere Arlington, VA. For tickets call 800-494-8497 or visit online.

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